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Abandoning Radical Tactics to Accomplish Radical Objectives

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Posted on September 16 2009 4:30 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

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Alex Harper, a writer for Examiner.Com has a great post on former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones.

Challenging the notion put forth by leftist apologists that the 9/11 Truther Jones is no longer a communist, Harper writes:

And just to be clear, Van Jones’ “market-based ideas” consist of convincing California business and developers to include eco-friendly job-training to Oakland’s economically underprivileged citizens and to prisoners reentering society. However, even in a communist nation there would still be a need for construction. It’s not likely, but some of it might even be eco-friendly. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the project was guided by Adam Smith’s invisible freakin’ hand. And it doesn’t make Jones a capitalist.

No, Jones’ political beliefs don’t appear to have changed much since his days as “a leading member of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a Bay Area Marxist-Maoist collective that was staffed by members of various local nonprofits, a number of whom had ties to the Ella Baker Center.” The only thing that has changed is Jones’ tactics.

Back in 2000, Jones realized that ordinary Americans are turned-off by radical ideas and that as long as he looked and sounded like a radical (what Jones called “the radical pose”), Jones’ far-left agenda had no hope of mainstream acceptance. He understood that if he wanted to further his agenda, he would need to maintain the semblance of a moderate, to whom ordinary Americans would be responsive.

NewsReal has covered the Jones fiasco extensively here, here, here, and here, among the many posts we’ve done. John Perazzo’s profile here remains the definitive post on the subject.

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